By: Peter Bently
Publisher: Anderson Press
Publication Date: April 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: February 16, 2012
Lou Pines, a crafty old wolf sat at his empty plate dreaming of that leg of lamb that would "taste mighty fine" with a bit of salt and pepper. The lambs were standing next to their mamas in the flock, but if he could slink through the hedge he'd have one for dinner. BUT, he was mighty surprised to see Rambo the Ram on the other side. His boxing gloves were on and steam was coming out of his nose (for real!).
"'Scram!' bellowed Rambo.
`Vamoose! Steer clear!
Wolves are NOT welcome!
Buzz off out of here!'"
No go. Lou would have to figure out something else.
Ma Watson had a big, poofy white coat on her clothesline and Lou was in it in a flash, but Ma was quick on the draw with her super soaker water gun. No go. He lay in the middle of the road to get a paint job so no one would recognize him. It was the perfect disguise...almost. The sheep baa-har-de-har-harred as they laughed and declared, "It's an overgrown skunk!" No go. It was off to the fair to take a spin in the cotton candy machine. Surely, that leg of lamb would be his. Would pink "candy fleece" do the trick, or would Lou be caught again?
Naturally, a wolf is supposed to outsmart a flock of sheep, but they manage to be one step ahead of him all the time. All of Lou's silly plots turn into fiascos that will keep your little lambkin giggling. This story in rhyme has great rhythm and would be a perfect tale for someone with an expressive voice to read during circle or story time. The artwork is delightfully whimsical and captures Lou's dilemma perfectly. Do you think Lou can pull the wool over Little Red Riding Hood's Grandma? You'll just have to read the book to find out.
Quill says: This is a zany tale of Lou Pines, the crafty old wolf who can't seem to trick a flock of sheep.